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The Girlfriends' Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood Paperback – October 1, 1997
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Just had a baby? Lie down, rest your weary womb, and muster up a rousing cheer! (Shh! Don't wake the baby!) Now, from the author of The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy, comes the book all new moms have been waiting for, whether they know it or not. Vicki Iovine talks turkey ... and stitches, and weight loss, and depression, and sex (trying it for the first time after labor and delivery? "Inebriate and Lubricate"). Vicki--yeah, I know I'm calling her by her first name but after reading this book you'll be on a first-name basis with her, too--is funny, informative, and utterly (udderly?) irreverent. New mothers have never had it so good.
From Library Journal
Iovine follows up her successful The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy (Pocket, 1995) with this breezy, irreverent guide to the first year of motherhood. She covers everything from labor (when you feel "like you've swallowed a bucking bronco") to "poo-poo that smells like roses" to nursing, sleeping (or not), postpartum depression, and more. The idea here is to provide insider information (girlfriends share and share alike, right?), but the tone is more often flippant than confidential. There's not much new material that is not already found in classics like Arlene Eisenberg's What To Expect the First Year (Workman, 1988), and nervous first-timers may not respond well to Iovine's approach. Not a priority purchase.?Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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In the first book Vicki is witty and actually made me laugh out loud on many occasions while reading her book. Her second book I found a sort of dark humor that maybe only another woman who just competed her first year could understand. And even that woman would have to be a little unhappy with her experience of that first year.
There were so many gruesome parts that I started taking notes. At my baby shower I asked my girlfriends, who are very honest women and mom's all, about their experiences in these areas. Did it really take 6 months till you were ready to have sex again? Did it really hurt that bad the first time you went back to it? Were you really in that much pain after labor (non c-section birth) and that swollen? Was your first bowel movement really that bad? Did you really miss that much sleep the first year? Were you really like a zombie? It was almost unanimous with my girlfriends on all questions, no she is really exaggerating... Or she's giving you the worst case scenario. My girlfriends told me that a great deal of these things that Vicki said are more psychological than physical. If you expect it to bad, it will. That kind of mentality.
I guess my final comment on the book is that it didn't seem to have quite as much information in it as the first one did. I really only found one area of it helpful, weird things that baby does or has happen that are normal.
What I would say to any who decide to buy this book. Please don't treat it like the bible of the first year. Every first year is different for everyone. That is one thing Vicki does stress to her readers. Your recovery will probably be different than the recovery of every woman you know. Just keep that in mind.
Assuming you have the time and energy, I think it's a fine read if your baby is still small (I read it when mine was 3-4 weeks) -- just go in with lower expectations and remember that your own sleep deprivation and hormones may impact your enjoyment of it.